Opinion

Coal all but dead

Letters to the Editor

Brad Magnuson Chairman Dem-NPL Renewable Energy Caucus I would like to respond to the Brian Kroshus article in today’s Minot Daily Newspaper. I am the Chairman of the Dem-NPL Renewable Energy Caucus, and I would like to respond to what was said. Coal is no longer a viable source of ...

Postal Service does good deed

Letters to the Editor

Richard Reuer Minot Just last week I received a letter posted marked May 28, 2019 from Gloria Onan in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin requesting a veterans memorial keepsake card from my ministry she found out about “Honoring Those Who Served-Ministry” for her father, William Moscinski, who ...

We need the wall – now

Letters to the Editor

Phil Weigel Minot Statistics are the most easily manipulated data in the world without being wrong. For example, in a single NFL game, a running back has 20 rushes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Good stats. Until you look at the actual details and you find that 19 of those rushes totaled ...

Hopefully lessons of D-Day are never forgotten

Editorials

Now that D-Day observances are complete, one can’t help but hope if the lessons of that fateful day (and the days that followed) are never forgotten. Those lessons? How about that there is good and evil and modern moral equivalency can never erase that? Modern Americans have a bad habit of ...

It’s more than the economy

National Columnists

For more than a generation, James Carville's campaign maxim, "It's the economy, stupid," has been held up as an essential truth of American politics. There's no denying that a strong economy is an incumbent president's best friend. Seventy-three percent of voters currently rate the economy ...

Mueller stirs the pot

National Columnists

Last week, special counsel Robert Mueller — who had been appointed by the Department of Justice two years earlier to investigate the nature and extent of Russian attempts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and to determine, if those attempts did occur, whether the ...

Paramutual horse racing adds excitement to summer

Editorials

Feeling lucky are you? Perhaps today’s a day you should be at the track. And, it will be open today and Sunday – for the next three weekends as well. Chippewa Downs, located at Belcourt, a paramutal horse racing track since 1991, has grown to be one of the finest tourist attractions in ...

Regional school sports programs successful on two levels

Editorials

Countless studies and experts attest the fact that organized sports can be tremendously beneficial for young people. Discipline, teamwork, fair play and providing structure for a student’s time are just a few of the benefits of organized athletics. There are obviously health benefits as ...

Solve health care, win the White House

Community Columnists

Now that it looks as if war with England has narrowly been averted, my optimism about the future is running so high, I’m beginning to believe a Democrat could win back the White House and Make America Even More Super Greater Than Ever Before Believe Me. The cost of MAEMSGTEBBM caps will be ...

Why celebrity politics matters

National Columnists

This week, celebrities emerged from their Hollywood cocoon to sound off on abortion law ... in Georgia. If this sounds bizarre, that's because it is: The people of Georgia don't spend an awful lot of time trying to control the policies of New York or California. Yet the greatest and most moral ...

Paid time off

National Columnists

Both Republican and Democratic politicians want government to "do more" to give parents paid time off. "This is not a women's issue. It's a family issue," says Ivanka Trump. "(E)very worker in America should be guaranteed at least 12 weeks," says Sen. Bernie Sanders. "That's a very ...

Good money thrown after bad, but is there an option?

Editorials

Based on the comments of Minot Daily News readers, there is likely to be some unrest at the thought of the City of Minot hiring an architect to assist with the design and construction of a roof and drainage system for the downtown parking structures — a project that is likely to be costly ...

From convicted murderer to exonerate to law grad

National Columnists

What would you do if you were falsely accused and convicted of a brutal rape and murder you didn't commit? How would you handle a violent maximum-security prison, sentenced 16 years to life, at age 17? And where would you go, what would you choose to do, if you won your freedom back after ...

Do Trump’s hawks speak for Trump?

National Columnists

For a president who won his office by denouncing the Middle East wars into which George W. Bush and Barack Obama plunged the nation, Donald Trump has assembled the most unabashedly hawkish conclave of foreign policy advisers in memory. And he himself seems to concede the point. If foreign ...

Will farmers continue to support the president’s policies?

Editorials

If one listens to national “correspondents” and talking heads, one would assume that the withdrawal from NAFTA, the incomplete negotiation for the Canada-Mexico-U.S. trade agreement and the hard line taken on trade policy violators such as China, are huge hits to the U.S. economy. ...

Robert Mueller’s upside-down justice

National Columnists

It's a familiar quote from Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist," but with special contemporary relevance in light of a statement last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: "'If the law supposes that,' said Mr. Bumble... 'the law is a ass — a idiot.'" But it isn't so much that the law is ...

Resistance, not track record, will be challenge for Billingsley

Editorials

By all appearances, Brian Billingsley, Minot’s new community and economic development director, is well prepared for his new role. Billingsley, former city planning director in Caldwell, Idaho (part of the Boise metropolitan area) has faced and seems to have helped lead the charge in ...

Horrible Harvey

National Columnists

How is it that someone accused of dozens of criminal acts can throw millions of dollars at a problem and pay his way out of trouble? That is what's happening with Horrible Harvey Weinstein, except if all goes as planned, he won't be paying out anything. His insurance companies will handle ...

A living eulogy for Ollie Oops

National Columnists

Eulogies, it has always seemed to me, are best delivered while the subject is living and can enjoy hearing the best version of him- or herself. Thus, today's column is dedicated to Ollie the Blind Poodle, also affectionately known as Ollie Oops. A toy poodle born blind, Ollie sometimes bumps ...

BCBS makes huge contribution to youth

Editorials

Our story last week about employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield ND adopting a Minot elementary school was a breath of fresh air. Senior Staff Writer Jill Schramm told us how 12 Minot BCBS employees borrowed the idea from their Fargo office – to pick one school and invest heavily in its ...